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ascendant

[uh-sen-duh nt] /əˈsɛn dənt/
noun
1.
a position of dominance or controlling influence: possession of power, superiority, or preeminence:
With his rivals in the ascendant, he soon lost his position.
2.
an ancestor; forebear.
3.
Astrology. the point of the ecliptic or the sign and degree of the zodiac rising above the eastern horizon at the time of a birth or event: the cusp of the first house.
adjective
4.
ascending; rising.
5.
superior; predominant.
6.
Botany. directed or curved upward.
Also, ascendent.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English ascendent < Latin ascendent- (stem of ascendēns) climbing up. See ascend, -ent, -ant
Related forms
nonascendant, adjective
nonascendantly, adverb
nonascendent, adjective
nonascendently, adverb
unascendant, adjective
unascendent, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for ascendent

ascendant

/əˈsɛndənt/
adjective
1.
proceeding upwards; rising
2.
dominant, superior, or influential
3.
(botany) another term for ascending
noun
4.
(rare) an ancestor
5.
a position or condition of dominance, superiority or control
6.
(astrology) (sometimes capital)
  1. a point on the ecliptic that rises on the eastern horizon at a particular moment and changes as the earth rotates on its axis
  2. the sign of the zodiac containing this point
7.
in the ascendant, increasing in influence, prosperity, etc
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Word Origin and History for ascendent

ascendant

adj.

late 14c., ascendent, astrological use is earliest, from Middle French ascendant (noun and adjective) and directly from Latin ascendentem (nominative ascendans), present participle of ascendere "to mount, ascend, go up" (see ascend). Sense "moving upward, rising" is recorded from 1590s. In the ascendant "ruling, dominant" (not, as is often thought, "rising") is from 1670s.

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